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Mr. Plinkett: The Animated Series
Mr. Plinkett The Animated Series Title Card
URLWebsite
GenreAnimated, Dark humor, Absurdist humor, Non-canon fiction
FormatAnimated series
Created byShaun McKinnon
StarringMike Stoklasa
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18 (and 1 special)
(List of episodes)
Production
Running time2–6 minutes
Production company(s)789 Films
RedLetterMedia
Broadcast
Original channelYouTube (2011 – 2014)
Blip (2012 – 2014)
Picture format4:3 480p (EDTV)
Original runSeptember 4, 2011 (2011-09-04) – October 27, 2014 (2014-10-27)
Chronology
Related showsThe Grabowskis
Mr. Plinkett Reviews
Half in the Bag
Game Station 2.0
Best of the Worst
Mr. Plinkett The Animated Series Logo

Mr. Plinkett: The Animated Series is an Australian animated web series created by Shaun McKinnon. Initially a fan-made spin-off to the Harry S. Plinkett character,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] the series premiered September 4, 2011[1] on the 789 Films YouTube channel and was added to the RedLetterMedia catalog on August 19, 2012.[8] McKinnon handled all facets of production, including writing, animation, timing, and audio editing and recording, with little assistance from the Red Letter Media crew, which resulted in long delays between episode releases. In December 2014, the animated shorts were removed from the RedLetterMedia YouTube channel and on August 20, 2015, all animated shorts became inaccessible due to the closure of Blip.[7]

The shorts focus on the non-canon everyday adventures of Harry S. Plinkett, utilizing audio from RedLetterMedia productions and a variety of other sources.[9] The series features a rotating supporting cast primarily derived from other RedLetterMedia productions.[4][9]

Premise

Harry S. Plinkett is a grumpy old man and alleged murderer, whose mundane life is often interrupted by bizarre, supernatural, and sometimes imaginary events that lead to surreal adventures.

Characters

  • Harry S. Plinkett (Mike Stoklasa and Shaun McKinnon) is an elderly man who narrates each episode and is often seen in a wheelchair. His ordinary daily routines are punctuated by surreal adventures, which often end in violence and death. He enjoys pizza rolls and ejaculating on storm drains. He has a romantic history with Bea Arthur, but is currently and unsuccessfully looking for someone compatible. He has been kidnapped, nearly murdered, and beaten on multiple occasions.
  • Bea Arthur (Mike Stoklasa) is Mr. Plinkett's former flame, recently returned from the netherworld of the Force. Their unresolved romantic history leads her to concoct an outlandish plot to reunite the two. She also works at the local cafe.
  • George Lucas (George Lucas, archive audio) is a filmmaker living in Mr. Plinkett's neighborhood. He is shot by Mr. Plinkett during Halloween.
  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Shaun McKinnon and Patrick Stewart, archive audio) is the captain of the USS Enterprise-D. Plinkett is initially abducted by Picard's crew and later encounters Picard looking for treasures in the sewers.
  • Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes, archive audio) is the Enterprise first officer. Riker and the rest of the TNG crew kidnap Plinkett under Bea's orders.
  • Emperor Palpatine (Mike Stoklasa) is a Sith Lord turned Disney stooge, who also wants to kidnap Plinkett.
  • Johnny is a neglected boy whom Plinkett abducts with good intentions.
  • Bertie is a young boy who owns Plinkett memorabilia. He is chased by a scarecrow creature and later falls off the roof while trying to see Santa's reindeer.
  • Jimmy Stewart, the Costco clerk (Jimmy Stewart, archive audio) is a man frustrated by unrealized dreams who attempts to murder Plinkett.
  • Mike (Mike Stoklasa) and Jay (Jay Bauman) are two sleazy VCR repairman who review movies and episodes of the animated series.

Episodes

¹ Only actors directly associated with RedLetterMedia productions are listed.
² The 789 Films YouTube channel was shut down in January 2013. As a result, YouTube links for the 789 Films-released season one of Mr. Plinkett: The Animated Series are dead and listed only for archival purposes.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 0
1 6 September 14, 2011 (2011-09-14) July 26, 2012 (2012-07-26) N/A
2 6 October 30, 2012 (2012-10-30) July 25, 2013 (2013-07-25) N/A
3 5 September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15) May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12) N/A
4 2 October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28) December 24, 2014 (2014-12-24) N/A
Specials 1 January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08) TBA N/A

Season 1 (2011-2012)

³ Episodes in season 1 were retitled and reordered after the series was picked up by RedLetterMedia. The episodes below are listed with the revised titles and episode order.
No. in season
No. in season
Title Airdate Guest stars Editor Links
1 1
September 14, 2011 (2011-09-14)
Shaun McKinnon
After an unwelcome visit from an old friend, Mr. Plinkett is abducted by the TNG crew.
2 2
November 19, 2011 (2011-11-19)
Jay Bauman, Jack Packard
Shaun McKinnon
Trapped on board the Enterprise-D, Mr. Plinkett is confronted by an old flame and tensions quickly escalate.
3 3
April 15, 2012 (2012-04-15)
Gillian Bellinger, Rich Evans
Shaun McKinnon
Mr. Plinkett discovers his local sewer system leads to a Mayan temple.
4 4
June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13)
Shaun McKinnon
Mr. Plinkett's trip to the department of motor vehicles goes awry when he is questioned about the disappearance of a local boy.
5 5
December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)
Rich Evans
Shaun McKinnon
Mr. Plinkett spends his Christmas holiday reading fan mail.
6 6
July 26, 2012 (2012-07-26)
Shaun McKinnon
Mr. Plinkett sneaks into a showing of The Dark Knight Rises, but his disruptive behavior irritates Christian Bale.

Season 2 (2012-2013)

No. in series
No. in season
Title Airdate Guest stars Editor Links
7 1
October 30, 2012 (2012-10-30)
Shaun McKinnon
Mr. Plinkett tells a spooky story about a little boy who goes trick-or-treating and accidentally awakens a supernatural creature.
8 2
December 23, 2012 (2012-12-23)
Shaun McKinnon
After witnessing a despondent Santa Claus's horrific suicide, Mr. Plinkett must save Christmas.
9 3
February 11, 2013 (2013-02-11)
Shaun McKinnon
After declining a Costco membership, Mr. Plinkett becomes the target of a murder plot.
10 4
May 4, 2013 (2013-05-04)
Shaun McKinnon
Mr. Plinkett is kidnapped by Emperor Palpatine, who has a sinister plan for him.
11 5
June 12, 2013 (2013-06-12)
Jay Bauman, Rich Evans
Shaun McKinnon
VCR repairmen Mike and Jay from Half in the Bag review the Mr. Plinkett: The Animated Series episode, "Plinkett into Darkness."
12 6
July 25, 2013 (2013-07-25)
Shaun McKinnon
Mr. Plinkett asks a woman out on a date, but his dating skills are rusty.

Season 3 (2013-2014)

No. in series
No. in season
Title Airdate Guest stars Editor Links
13 1
September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15)
Shaun McKinnon
Mr. Plinkett's visit to the post office induces a hallucination.
14 2
October 12, 2013 (2013-10-12)
Shaun McKinnon
Mr. Plinkett accidentally becomes a time traveler, and uses the opportunity to change the course of film history.
15 3
December 10, 2013 (2013-12-10)
Shaun McKinnon
The Care Boars revive Mr. Plinkett's dead wife, hoping to reunite her with Mr. Plinkett in time for Christmas. Unfortunately, all she wants for Christmas is revenge.
16 4
February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)
Rich Evans
Shaun McKinnon
Mr. Plinkett extorts money from another Mr. Plinkett.
17 5
May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)
Shaun McKinnon
When his cat is abducted by a Green Goose crime ring, Mr. Plinkett uncovers a strange plot involving cartoon animals.

Season 4 (2014)

No. in series
No. in season
Title Airdate Guest stars Editor Links
18 1
October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28)
Shaun McKinnon
On Halloween night, Mr. Plinkett encounters a supernatural visitor.
19 2
December 24, 2014 (2014-12-24)
Shaun McKinnon
Afraid to be alone on Christmas, Mr. Plinkett calls a dating hotline, but his date is more dangerous than he could imagine.

Specials

No. in series
No. in season
Title Airdate Guest stars Editor Links
1 8/9
January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)
Mike Stoklasa, Jay Bauman
Shaun McKinnon
Shaun McKinnon hosts a special episode giving a behind-the-scenes look at the animation process for the Mr. Plinkett: The Animated Series cartoons.

Production

Conception and Development

The first season of Mr. Plinkett: The Animated Series consisted of cartoon shorts independently produced and released by 789 Films. The shorts were animated audio mashups, combining existing Mr. Plinkett dialogue with other sources to create a unique story, a technique used in all episodes of the series thus far.[9] The six original episodes were well received by both Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman,[7] and were regularly promoted by RedLetterMedia as they were released.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Animated series creator Shaun McKinnon later met with Stoklasa to get his blessing for creating additional cartoons.[7]

In August 2012, the existing Mr. Plinkett cartoons were officially added to the RedLetterMedia catalog.[8] New episodes, starting with "Mr. Plinkett's Halloween Spooktacular!,"[10] were released through the RedLetterMedia website and YouTube channel rather than through the 789 Films channel.

Animation

For each cartoon, audio is captured from various RedLetterMedia productions along with other sources and edited together into a unified script.[7][9] The cartoons are hand-drawn and digitally transferred to computer for further animation.[7] The pilot episode exhibited exaggerated line boil, which was minimized in favor of a smoother and more subdued animation style for subsequent episodes.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Red Letter Media, LLC (September 14, 2011). "Twitter / redlettermedia: This is wonderful... ...". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Red Letter Media, LLC (November 19, 2011). "Twitter / redlettermedia: Awesome!!! It's a new weirdo ...". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Red Letter Media, LLC (December 12, 2011). "Twitter / redlettermedia: Another fan-made Plinkett ...". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Red Letter Media, LLC (April 15, 2012). "Twitter / redlettermedia: Huzzah! Another fan-made Plinkett ...". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Red Letter Media, LCC (June 13, 2012). "Twitter / redlettermedia: Yep another fun little fan-made ...". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Red Letter Media, LLC (July 25, 2012). "Twitter / redlettermedia: http://t.co/VpzL8oDQ Wonderful! ...". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 McKinnon, Shaun (January 15, 2013). "Drawing Plinkett, Meeting RedLetterMedia". YouTube.com. 789 Films. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Twitter / redlettermedia: We added a new section to the ...". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Red Letter Media, LLC (December 10, 2013). "Mr. Plinkett: The Animated Series – Ghost of Christmas Plinkett". RedLetterMedia.com. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  10. Red Letter Media, LLC (October 30, 2012). "Mr. Plinkett’s Halloween Spooktacular". RedLetterMedia.com. Retrieved April 27, 2014.

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